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Playing With: Token Evil Teammate
Basic Trope: A group of heroes has one member who is not very heroic at all- they can range from being a Jerkass to as evil as some of the villains the heroes fight.
  • Straight: Inexplicably, Captain Awesome and Amazing Girl tolerate Dark Blood who is treacherous and a casual murderer.
  • Exaggerated: Captain Awesome, Amazing Girl and their good friend Dark Blood, who's worse than the villains.
  • Downplayed:
  • Justified:
    • By having him on The Team, Captain Awesome and Amazing Girl are able to keep Dark Blood from doing more evil than they would otherwise, hereafter known as the Bitterleaf Argument.
    • The token evil teammate's only virtue is loyalty, and that loyalty happens to be to a good character.
    • Dark Blood who is Chaotic Evil would rather join the Chaotic Good heroes then the Lawful Evil Big Bad.
    • The hero's side, unlike the villains, get paid for what they're doing and Dark Blood is one greedy fucker.
    • Dark Blood is a Glory Seeker who wants to be admired, loved, & respected.
    • Dark Blood can't get away with killing innocents, but he can get away with killing villains (the corollary of the 'Bitterleaf Argument') and Dark Blood decides to use this to his advantage & join the heroes.
  • Inverted: Token Good Teammate
  • Subverted: Dark Blood isn't really that bad and in some ways might be more moral than the Captain Awesome and Amazing Girl.
  • Double Subverted: ...only to show his true colors later on.
  • Parodied:
    • Dark Blood is a laugh inducing, mustache twirling, damsel kidnapping, dynamite abusing, Dastardly Whiplash!
    • A group of heroes hold job interviews (or an audition) looking for someone to hire under the job title Comedic Sociopath.
  • Zig Zagged:
    • Dark Blood just kicked a dog! Wait, he only did it to save the old woman. So... why is he throwing her into traffic??
    • Dark Blood has multiple personality disorder and one or some of his personalities is/are evil.
    • Dark Blood is the Chaotic Stupid Wild Card of the group who switches back-and-forth between good and evil just because he feels like it.
  • Averted: All of the heroes are solidly good and it's clear that even the least heroic is no worse than a Lovable Rogue.
  • Enforced: "Audiences like a Heroic Comedic Sociopath character so we'll have an evil member of The Team."
  • Lampshaded: Captain Awesome remarks on how Dark Blood is more evil than many villains they fight.
  • Invoked: Dark Blood knows he'll have more opportunity for mayhem if he fights with the heroes, so he asks to join them.
  • Exploited: The villain, Mystery Murder, wants to convince one of the heroes to switch sides or tell him/her about the rest of the team's weaknesses. Aware of Dark Blood's immorality, (s)he chooses him, thinking that he will be the easiest to convince.
  • Defied:
    • Captain Awesome and Amazing Girl don't let Dark Blood join them because that character is evil.
    • Once Dark Blood joined the team, he decided to undergo a Heel-Face Turn and become a better person.
  • Discussed:
    • "Why is it every team I've been in has a villain or a jerk (or Crystal Dragon Jesus Save Us, both)?"
    • "Everyone on this team is so nice! ... Wait! Does that mean I'm the Token Evil Teammate? Crap! I suck at being a Jerkass!"
  • Conversed: "Wait a minute, why is there a villain helping out the heroes?"
  • Deconstructed:
    • Other good characters are disgusted by Captain Awesome and Amazing Girl putting up with such a horrible person and/or the heroes tarnish their reputation by allowing the teammate to do nasty things in pursuit of their goals.
    • Dark Blood gets kicked off Team Good because Captain Awesome and Amazing Girl are fed up with his insatiable bloodlust.
    • A bunch of nerds play a tabletop RPG, and most of them play heroic characters. At the start of a new campaign, one of them rolls an evil character, causing uneasiness in the group. Ultimately, the player playing the evil character touches the trigger of another player, resulting in real life drama.
    • Dark Blood throws his allies under the bus because Captain Awesome and Amazing Girl finally start trying to rein him in and/or Mystery Murder made him a better offer.
  • Reconstructed: Captain Awesome and Amazing Girl can be really soft and don't deal out the tough love/justice that they should- so this guy does it for them.
  • Played For Laughs:
  • Played For Drama: Dark Blood may step over the Moral Event Horizon, and may also be The Starscream.

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